Intel Capital has made a $43 million bet on UQ Communications, a Japanese WiMAX operator. The investment is designed to help UQ launch its Tokyo network next month, which will reportedly offer download speeds of up to 40 megabits per second and upload speeds of 10 Mbps.
Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said last week that the carrier's exclusive window on the Palm Pre extended beyond six months, the length quoted by rivals and in most press reports. Sprint also said it would enter three more 4G markets this year with its own WiMAX network.
A pair of U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would bar new or higher taxes on wireless services and networks for five years. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, say
"excessive and discriminatory taxes" have made it more difficult for new, advanced wireless services to reach many Americans.
Motorola is considering selling all or much of its wireless-infrastructure business and perhaps its set-top-box division, according to an Oppenheimer analyst who said in a research note that the company was "in advanced discussions" with Huawei to buy the wireless unit. The analyst said that would leave Motorola to concentrate on its government and enterprise markets.
While insisting that his company has not made an offer to Deutsche Telekom for T-Mobile U.K., France Telecom's chief did say he expected "some consolidation" in the U.K. market. In an interview, Didier Lombard, whose company owns U.K. mobile giant Orange, outlined an aggressive growth strategy for France Telecom, predicting the operator's new-business pushes will make up 20% of its revenue in 2012.